Researching dentistry before you go to the dentist is not a bad idea. With a little extra knowledge, it can help you find the optimal type of treatment for your children and save both of you financially and ensure they are in good hands. More and more parents are also going to pediatric dentists in order to avoid extractions at a young age– which is great because children’s teeth have not yet fully developed!
What Is A Pediatrician
Can A General Dentist Treat Children?
Can Smiles Dental Group Treat Kids?
Absolutely! We love seeing the whole family. Smiles Dental Group also has TVs with Netflix in our clinics so we can keep your child occupied while they are treated. TVs can also help distract the child from any dental anxiety they may have so it’s a win for everyone!
Benefits of Pediatric Dentist Care
Improved Oral Health
When to Seek Pediatric Dentist Care
If your child is exhibiting any of the following signs, it might be time to seek pediatric dentistry care:
- Choking consistently.
- Having trouble with bite formation or TMJ pain.
- Sudden changes in eating habits or difficulty chewing food properly.
- Extreme drooling or tooth decay that has not responded to typical brushing and flossing.
Does My Child Need Sedation?
We often think of dentistry as pain-free, but in reality, most children experience some level of discomfort during their dental appointments. Over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen can help reduce discomfort, but they usually lack the analgesic (painkilling) effects of prescription medications. In general, most children will require sedation for a dental appointment.
There are several reasons why a child might need sedation for their dental visit:
- Some infants and young children may be too young to understand what is happening during their dental appointment and may become very agitated.
- Other children may have specific conditions that make it difficult for them to tolerate pain or are frightened by procedures like tooth brushing. In cases like these, sedation may be the best option for ensuring a smooth dental experience for the child.
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?
At Smiles Dental Group we feel that your Childs first visit to the dentist should be once they start getting their teeth. Between 1 and 2 years old but no later than 2. We can help to identify any early issues and make sure your Childs smile is on track to be beautiful.
Is a pediatrician more expensive then a general dentist?
Usually, specialists tend to charge more due to their extra training. If your child doesn’t require any special treatment, you could be paying extra for no real benefit.